Free-spirited and a joy on the open road is the convertible 2016 Buick Cascada. Making a brand shift for the past few years, Buick surprises with its marketing campaign to elevate the brand to a “hip” car manufacturer. Well, there is some meat behind what it is pushing. Many of the Buick models are competing with German luxury vehicles and winning out. One such vehicle is the Cascada.
The Cascada is powered by a 1.6-liter EcoTec four-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes 200 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque. Its front-wheel drive, six-speed automatic transmission are just part of what gives this peppy topless vehicle its acclaim. Reviews of this car are quite good, boasting an incredible ride and very stable and confident suspension. A great touring vehicle with all the fun built in, the Cascada is a convertible worth buying.
The luxuries are felt by drivers and passengers as this smaller convertible does feel roomy enough for four, and the Premium edition comes with some unexpected upgrades comparing this to the BMW 3 series convertible. The leather-appointed eight-way power-adjustable seats, the dual zone climate control, the electronic safety belt extenders and the adjustable rear wind screen are all comforts and conveniences that make this model desirable. The automatic retractable convertible top also hides away for ease in either the topless or surprisingly quiet closed positions in just 17 seconds.
Fitting in with the latest in technologies, the Cascada is fully equipped to connect, navigate and entertain. The seven-inch touch screen plays great music and allows for hands-free calls with ease. The remote vehicle starter and rear vision camera are great added features. The OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot will keep devices connected when on the go and in case the fun and excitement of touring with the top down turns into a need to send a sudden email or jump onto the laptop.
Buick Cascada Premium
City: 20 mph
Hwy: 27 mph
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
0-60 mph: 8.4 sec